Five tips to design safer buildings

The design phase of a new building or alteration is the perfect time to consider how safe it will be for its occupants. At this point, designers and developers have the chance to make sure retro-fitted security barriers will make the building safer without making it ugly. Trellidor has five tips on how to design safer buildings that make this process simpler.

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Trellidor tips to design safer buildings

“Home invasions are becoming more common. Even gated communities are experiencing break-ins. We assume that these incidents are not going to stop in the short to medium term. To stop criminals from getting inside their homes, people are inevitably going to fit security barriers to their doors and windows,” said Lloyd Makanza, Trellidor Business Development Manager.

When this happens, the architect and other professionals involved in the development of the building have no say in what is installed to make the building safer. The new security barriers could ruin a lovely building.

Trellidor has five tips on how to design safer buildings and avoid this problem.

 

    1. Design with safety in mind

No matter how well designed they are, security barriers take up space. Make sure fitting them is as seamless as possible with deep enough reveals. Reveals must be at least 100 to 120mm to fit in the security system plus curtains and blinds. If reveals are too narrow, safety barriers will take up most of the available space. With no space left in the reveals, blinds have to be attached to the surround instead.

Exit doors must open outwards so that security can be fitted on the inside. This is essential for back (usually kitchen) doors, the front door and patio doors. Fitting security barriers inside the home improve safety. This is because criminals must break through the door first, then try to get through the safety gate.

An internal fit also helps prevent corrosion in coastal homes.

Position hardware so it does not protrude into the space needed for the safety barrier system. This includes door and window handles, light switches, wall lights, wall-mounted television sets, and decorative finishes.

Take into account the safety of those that need easy access. Consider wheelchair-bound people, those with poor sight and those who struggle to walk. This is especially important in commercial buildings. The safety gate bottom track should be cut in so that it is flush with the floor.  This is obviously much easier to do during the building phase.

 

    1. Allow for safety barriers on all openings

The above points need to be applied to all openings within the building. This is true even if safety barriers are not fitted to every door and window to begin with. Over time, the goal is to secure every opening. Use safety gates and burglar bars so that there are no weak points for criminals to exploit.

 

    1. Include a safety zone in the building design

A safe zone is an excellent alternative to securing the entire home with safety barriers. It consists of an area that is fully secured with safety barriers on every door and window. The best location is the bedroom wing. Fit a security door in the passage or on the staircase to shut off this zone at night. This keeps you safe while you sleep.

A safe zone must have at least one window protected by a security barrier that opens. This is for use as an escape route if necessary. It prevents a tragedy in the case of fire or a hostage situation.

 

    1. Choose products that make buildings safer, not uglier

There are many ways to make sure that safety barriers do not affect the look of an elegantly designed building.  One way is to specify products that fit in with the design vision.

The Trellidor lifestyle range offers several suitable products. They provide an excellent level of safety for those that use the building, whether a home or public property. And they do this without looking ugly.

Trellidor Clear Guard security screens are see-through and multi-purpose. They are a safety barrier for doors and windows. They also stop insects, monkeys, baboons and snakes from getting inside the house. This has made them popular for commercial properties like bush lodges and hotels as well as country residences and coastal homes.

Trellidor Security Shutter aluminium louvres are attractive and fulfill several functions. They have in-built strengthening features and a strong patented Trellidor lock. The louvres can be adjusted to control privacy, light penetration and airflow. They are an all-in-one window blind and security barrier.

Trellidor Rollerstyle roller shutters make buildings safer without making it unattractive. These automated shutters are often used to create a safe zone in high-end homes. With good planning before construction, the shutter box can be hidden in the ceiling. It is then completely out of sight until the shutter is lowered for protection. 

 

    1. Call in the experts to help design safer buildings

Trellidor franchises provide a turn-key service to the building industry. They provide specifications for Trellidor products during planning and install the selected products at the right stage of completion. Finally, they do a comprehensive hand-over to the building’s occupants.

The service includes help with the specification of Trellidor products during the design phase of a new build or alteration.

Trellidor franchises supply blinds and shutters from the Taylor Blinds range and decorative mouldings from NMC Decorations. Both these companies are part of the Trellidor group.

Find a Trellidor franchise www.trellidor.co.za



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